Other paintings from the same set are in the collections of the Rhode Island School of Design and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
This painting and CMA 2015.590 belong to a group that was likely mounted as a pair of four-panel folding screens focusing on the Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang, a theme centered on an area in southern China. The one to the left represents the motif “Returning Sails Off a Distant Shore;” to the right is “Sunset Glow Over a Fishing Village.” Both emulate the style of Chinese painter Li Tang (about 1050–after 1130). Some scholars believe the paintings are the work of Sesshū Tōyō (1420–1506), the only Japanese painter of his day to have traveled to China.
Returning Sails off a Distant Shore, from Eight Views of Xiao-Xiang
Japan, Momoyama period (1573-1615) to Edo period (1615-1858)
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